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Old 04-09-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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download package


I would like to download some debian package on internet , I tried rpmfind , but there is only little package avaiable, except use apt-get , can advise where can i get it ? thx
 
Old 04-09-2008, 01:09 PM   #2
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I don't understand what you want. With Debian, you just use aptitude install packagename to install the package. If you don't know what you're looking for, try aptitude search keyword, where keyword is something you're looking for like "office".
 
Old 04-09-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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If you want to use the command line you will use apt-get, open a terminal su to root then you can do a search for any given package.
The command to search if apt-cache search packagename where packagename is put the what you are searching for.

To learn more look at the man page man apt-get

Oh I'm sure you could set up debian to install rpm packages but I can't see why you would want to. If you want a distro that uses rpm take a look at Fedora or Slackware.
 
Old 04-10-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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apt is old. Per the Debian etch release notes you should be using aptitude instead of apt now. Works pretty much identically from the command line as apt.

Aptitude command reference, Command line section

aptitude update
aptitude search <packagename>
aptitude search -d <keyword from Package descriptions>
aptitude install <packagename>
 
Old 04-10-2008, 11:13 AM   #5
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Am I the only one who interpreted his question as wanting to download the .debs?
 
Old 04-10-2008, 09:20 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AlucardZero View Post
Am I the only one who interpreted his question as wanting to download the .debs?
The OP did say download packages, but the problem with that approach is Dependencies do not get handled automatically. you end up in dependency hell. (Think the old days of RPM or Windows dll hell)

I believe that's why most recommendations were to use the package managers avaialble in the Distro to save yourself a LOT of grief in the long run. The are very few occasions in whih I will manually download a package for Debian.

1. Package is NOT available in any repository.
2. Oooops I messed something up and need to manually replace a package with one of a specific version. (there was a post recently in which the users apt would not work, because they upgraded it accidentally to the wrong release..)

Other than that the repositories and apt/aptitude are really the way to go.
 
Old 04-11-2008, 10:35 AM   #7
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Well, obviously. It would be nice if the OP came back and clarified for us.
 
  


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